Kingfisher: Unique Action Photographs of Our Most Exotic and Elusive Bird by Paolo Fioratti lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Ornithology section.
Harper Collins, 1992, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Colour photographs; Maps ;
From the cover: The kingfisher is one of the most spectacular birds found in Europe. Its brilliant plumage, changing with the light from emerald green to turquoise blue with warm orange beneath, testifies to its origins in an environment richer in form, colour and variety of creatures than our own. Of the few tropical birds which have become established here, it is the only species to have become resident, and to have ceased to migrate.
Paolo Fioratti has been fascinated by this beautiful bird since childhood. In this book, the result of many years of observations, he describes the whole life cycle of the kingfisher; feeding, communicating, establishing and defending territory, pair formation, nest building and death. He also discusses the threats posed to the future of the birds by the destruction of the habitats in which they live. The book is illustrated with over 140 of Fiorattis incredible colour photographs of kingfishers in their natural habitats, including stunning underwater shots, taken by methods he has perfected over many years.
The photographs capture permanently images that we can only hope to glimpse fleetingly in the wild. This is a unique documentary of this timid species, which, as every bird lover will know, once seen is never forgotten, leaving behind as it does the impression of a living cobalt and azure jewel.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper and the top edges of the boards. Text complete, clean and tight.
Turquoise boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 144 pages. 11½” x 7¾”.